I thought the SUV thing was waning too, but from most of what I've been reading, the SUV crazy is growing, at least in the ROW and is not slowing down. China and the Middle East are driving it. It's still growing in Europe too but not as fast as it was. Most manufacturers are going heavily into the market so I don't think Lotus missed the boat - provided the car isn't three- four years in the makingLotus has fixed the suspension on a bus before.
I can see Lotus doing a SUV. The high end SUV craze seems to be waining. Lotus always seems to be on the backside of the trend curve.